Library of Celsus

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

Artist's Description

The Library of Celsus (built ca. CE 125 by Gaius Julius Aquila in memory of his father), at Ephesus (Ancient Greek Ἔφεσος, Turkish Efes), an ancient Greek city on the west coast of Anatolia, near present-day Selçuk, Izmir Province, Turkey. Ephesus was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek period.
The library once held nearly 12,000 scrolls. The façade of the library has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces, Designed with an exaggerated entrance — so as to enhance its perceived size, speculate many historians — the building faces east so that the reading rooms could make best use of the morning light.
The building is important as one of few remaining examples of an ancient Roman-influenced library. It also shows that public libraries were built not only in Rome itself but throughout the Roman Empire.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Sigma 18-200mm lens
Exif data from the JPG
F-stop f/4.5
ISO 200
Focal length 33 mm

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Related shots can be found at Turkey or Eastern Meditteranean.

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